Not only is a career in childminding wonderfully fulfilling, it also allows you the ultimate freedom to work flexibly and earn an income from home without sacrificing a thing. As you watch children learn and grow, you’ll have all the fun of creating a stimulating, engaging childcare environment in which you can create precious memories they’ll cherish. If that sounds good to you, then our NCFE CACHE accredited home-based childcare qualification is ideal – best of all, there’s no work placement involved, and you can complete the entire course through distance learning.
This Ofsted-approved home-based childcare course will prepare you for a fulfilling career as a childminder, nanny, or au pair.
Developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY), on this course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of child development. You’ll discover how to promote well-being and contribute to a child’s education through play and routine, as well as gain essential knowledge of safeguarding and childcare legislation. Additionally, you’ll learn how to comply with taxation requirements, create a strong business plan, as well as register with the appropriate regulatory body.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Preparing to work as a home based childcarer
In unit one, you’ll gain the knowledge required to work with children in a home-based childcare setting. You’ll learn about current legislation, building a safe environment, and how to safeguard children. You’ll also look at equality and diversity, how day-to-day routines promote well-being, and working in partnership to support children. Finally, gain an understanding of learning behaviours, the value of play, and the role of observation in the childhood development.
Unit 2 - Preparing to set up a home based childcare business
This unit will prepare you to set up your own home-based childcare business. You’ll gain insight into leading and managing a home-based care setting, learn how to comply with financial and taxation requirements, and create a strong business plan. Finally, you’ll learn how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable, having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.
This qualification is suitable for learners that wish to work as:
- Registered Childminders
- Childminding Assistants
- Au Pairs
- Other childcarers in home-based settings
Further learning: Although it does not provide direct progression, the subjects covered in this Award make a useful introduction to our Early Years Educator qualifications.
A paediatric first aid qualification is also a requirement of registration for any childminder. Learners may wish to consider the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid.
How is this course assessed or examined?
There will be self-assessment questions and tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
The assessment methods of this course require a portfolio of evidence. This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.